KOKRAJHAR: A huge public gathering was held at Chengajan in Dhemaji district on Tuesday under the aegis of Ganatantrik Nagarik Suraksha Mancha (GNSM) where Union Minister of State for Water Resources, Ramdas Athawale addressed as chief guest.
Addressing the gathering, Athawale said the Government of India under Narendra Modi had been giving due importance towards the solution of all problems and definitely the flood and erosion problems of the State would be tackled. He assured that he had come to the State to understand and assess the flood situation and its impact.
Athawale said the Government of India had separate ministry for controlling all rivers of the country. He also assured that he would raise the issue before the Prime Minister of India.
State Soil Conservation Minister Pramila Rani Brahma said that flood and erosion were the worst problems of the State as every year farmers and villagers had to lose properties, crop lands and other belongings due to flood and erosion. The State has witnessed such perennial problems over the years but the government was yet to bring all major rivers under control, she said, adding that the Government of Assam had taken up protection measures and released fund. She also said that the State Government had initiated for long-term strategy to control flood and erosion.
The president of the GNSM, Jarimin Narzary said that flood and erosion was one of the greatest problems of the State and the region. Narzary, who hails from Sanjari Nwgwr of Dhemaji district, the worst-affected district of flood and erosion, said that every year the people of Assam had to face the fury of flood and erosion but there had been no proper long-term measure with scientific approach to end the flood woes. He also said mere distribution of ration, foodstuff and other aid to flood-affected people from the government was not a matter of credit for the government but there should be a challenging approach to end the flood and erosion problems of the State.
Narzary said the country had emerged as one of the fastest developing nations but the people of Assam were languishing due to flood and erosion every year. He said the people of the State desired social justice. He questioned why the Government of India could not protect the River Brahmaputra while the same government has taken bold steps to protect the Ganga?
The gathering at Chengajan was addressed by local MLA Bhuban Pegu, Deputy Chief Councillor of the Mising Autonomous Council and also by the leaders of ABSU, AASU, ABWWF, UBPO, GNSM, AKRSU, AAKSU, AASKSU and TMK.
A delegation of the Ganatantrik Nagarik Suraksha Mancha (GNSM), led by its president Jarimin Narzary and accompanied by Rajya Sabha MP, Biswajit Daimary and leaders of United Bodo People’s Organization (UBPO), called on Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat at Parliament Bhavan last month and discussed the prevailing situation in the State due to flood and erosion.
The Union Minister had assured them to take appropriate measures to tackle the flood and erosion problems of Assam with immediate effect. Rajya Sabha MP Biswajit Daimary who accompanied the delegation, also put pressure on the minister to take proactive measure with priority to bail out the people from perennial flood and erosion problems. The delegation also submitted memorandum to the minister, urging him to take initiatives to control flood and erosion.